NEW: Find great deals on the latest gadgets and more in the ScienceDaily Store!
Reference Terms
from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Programmed cell death

Programmed cell death (PCD) is the deliberate suicide of an unwanted cell in a multicellular organism.

In contrast to necrosis, which is a form of cell death that results from acute tissue injury and provokes an inflammatory response, PCD is carried out in a regulated process that generally confers advantages during an organism's life cycle.

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "Programmed cell death", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
Related Stories

Share This Page:

Health & Medicine News
February 28, 2017

Latest Headlines
updated 12:56 pm ET